My Twitter feed normally consists of tweets from my favorite YouTubers, stuff related to computers, funny tweets and my friends’ tweets. That last one is the reason I found out about the Pope coming the Philippines, they have been tweeting, retweeting and all that stuff about the Pope being here last week.
I don’t have a problem with the Pope, I think it’s cool that he uses Twitter and accepts science and all that. My problem has been with how the Philippines has presented itself to the Pope.
One of the first tweets I saw about the Pope being here was a retweet by my friend, it said that it’s embarrassing that there are thousands of posters that have some politician’s face on it, pretty much covering every surface available. I agree, you see it a lot here in Davao, walls, polls, fences, all covered in posters, all of them from the same politician, I’m pretty sure Manila would be the same.
Another thing is the corruption, the Pope made a speech about it, urging the Philippines to stop it. I saw a tweet about it that really made me lol. It was headed with a quote from Pope Francis’ speech, then below was a picture of a slightly sweaty politician (I won’t name names), making him look nervous. What really pissed me off was the fact that poor people weren’t allowed near the Pope, they put up police barricades and everything to stop them. I mean Pope Francis is the Pope of the poor, so why wouldn’t they allow the poor to see him? You could argue that there could be danger and all that, but there had to have been a solution, those people would have been very excited to see the Pope and they’re just cast aside. I’m not saying it’s the Pope’s fault.
And of course, my biggest problem with all this, ‘Brand Pope’, or cashing in on the Pope’s visit. Companies making products or advertising their own products alongside some kind of image of Pope Francis. I guess this can’t really be helped, even a spokesman said that it’s up to the business whether they want to do this or not. But misleading consumers into buying a product because it has the Pope’s image on it or because companies put up billboards depicting the Pope and their logos, even though their products or services aren’t good (again won’t name names), that’s just wrong, I think.
Not everything was bad though, I think it was cool that the Pope even visited the Philippines in the first place. I mean about 80% of the Philippine’s population is Catholic, so I’m sure most of the people here were really excited. He seemed really cool too. I read that he visited street kids and basically made their day, they said they were really happy to see him. I didn’t get to see him, obviously, being here in Davao while he was all the way up in Manila, but maybe some people I know who are in Manila or went to Manila saw him… it would be cool if they met him even.
Oh well, I guess that’s it for now 🙂